On August 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping conferred the police flag on China's police force at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He ordered them to be loyal to the Party, serve the people and be impartial in law enforcement and strict in discipline. He stressed that the Chinese police must work wholeheartedly to strengthen the people's sense of fulfilment, happiness and security, and be determined to fulfil the missions and tasks entrusted to them by the Party and the people. Xi Jinping presented Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi and Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing with the flag. Over 300 police officers who were present saluted the flag. The ceremony received 10 minute CCTV Evening News coverage as the top story.  Wang Huning read out the decision to confer the flag and Guo Shengkun presided over the event. Han Zheng, Ding Xuexiang, Zhang Youxia, Chen Xi, Zhou Qiang and Zhang Jun attended.  
Chen Yixin, Secretary-General at the Commission of Political and Legal Affairs and who has been leading the Yan’an-style rectification movement in the system, wrote on page nine of the People’s Daily talking about the importance of loyalty to Xi Jinping and strict discipline of the cadres in the political and legal system. They should “see loyalty as the spirit,” he wrote, urging the officials to “resolutely safeguard general secretary Xi Jinping’s position as the core of the Party Center and the core of the whole Party,” and to implement the Party Center's policies to the letter. A lengthy statement issued on the occasion by the Party Committee of the Ministry of State Security was published as a commentary in the People's Daily on August 27. 

(Comment: In the accompanying photograph, Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing's uniform looked like the MPS uniforms except in the badge on the right arm it says 国安 instead of 公安. )

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